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Charles H. Fonda

January 13, 1918 June 1, 2013
Charles H. Fonda
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St. Albans – Charles H. Fonda, a lifelong resident of St. Albans and a Vermonter through and through, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 95 on June 1, 2013. Charles was born January 13, 1918, the son of Howard R. and Esther B. Fonda. He graduated from B.F.A. and studied architecture at Syracuse University. He was a WWII veteran having served in Japan with the 1179th Engineers. He spent his working career with the W.B. Fonda Co. in St. Albans, where he eventually became President. Charlie was an established musician who played saxophone and clarinet for several dance bands, including Sterling Weed’s Imperial Orchestra, traveling throughout the State and Canada in the 30’s and 40’s. In later years he played the organ and continued to entertain family and friends. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish. Along with his first wife, Mildred, he built a camp on Lake Champlain in 1949 which continues to be enjoyed by several generations of Fondas. In his retirement years he and his 2nd wife, Ann, took great pride in their landscaping and gardens. Believing strongly in giving back to his community he served as a Deacon of the First Congregational Church and Chairman of the City School Board. Upon moving to the Town of St. Albans, he served on the Town Planning Commission and was a Town Grand Juror. He also served many years as a Justice of the Peace. Charles was predeceased by his 1st wife, Mildred Macy and his 2nd wife, Ann Kalahan Pare. He was also predeceased by 2 sisters, Doris F. Carter and Vera F. Teague and a step-daughter, Christine Pare. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mary Jane Raser and husband, Roger, of Florida and Cheryl Voytek and husband, Peter, of Virginia; 4 grandchildren, Scott Gallagher and Lisa Orendorff of CO, Kristin Voytek of NC and Peter D. Voytek of GA and 6 great grandchildren. Additional survivors include stepson, Glen Pare of NC, 3 step-grandsons, Joe Malboeuf and Jon Malboeuf both of St. Albans and Eric Pare of CA, 3 step-great grandchildren; a niece, Judy Carter Shanafelt and nephews, William Teague, Alan Fonda Carter and James Ross Carter. Charles also leaves behind a very close friend and companion, Alan McFeeters, who was with him frequently in his final months. A joint funeral service for Ann and Charles will be held on Friday, July 19th, 2013, at 12 Noon at the Heald Funeral Chapel, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the family lot in Greenwood Cemetery At Charles’ request, memorials made in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Assisting the Fonda family is the Heald Funeral Home, where private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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